With no FA Cup to play in, the club were left with only the District Cup again, but once again made the Final where they put on a comprehensive show.
This season was the first time Newton Heath changed their colours – their home strip became red and white halves, with blue shorts and socks. The away shirt remained white – indeed, the entire away strip was almost exactly the same as the home but for the absence of red.
Manchester and District Challenge Cup
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||ResultF – A||Scorers||Attendance|
|17 March 1888||Round 2||Hooley Hill||A||7 – 0||Burke, J. Doughty, R. Doughty (2), 3 unknown|
|14 April 1888||Semi-final||Hurst||Denton||2 – 0||R. Doughty, J. Doughty||3,000|
|23 April 1888||Final||Denton||Whalley Range||7 – 1||J. Davies, Burke, J. Doughty (3), R. Doughty (2)||8,000|